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Lugosi’s All Right in The Rise & Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula

8 Oct

Lugosi: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Dracula | Book by Koren Shadmi |  Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster CanadaBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Publication Date: Sept 28, 2021
Available to order on Amazon USA
Spoiler Alert

Ask anyone who their favourite cinematic version of Dracula is, and it’ll either be Bela Lugosi or Gary Oldman. The former lived under the shadow of the vampire Bram Stoker brought to life, and the latter is a man who simply upped the ante. From playing Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional (1994) to Commissioner Gordon in The Dark Knight (2008), these two performers have one thing in common, they played many types of characters throughout their life. They both suffered from alcoholism and married many times. 

Goldman is lucky to not get typecast but Lugosi did. Bela’s life and times are excellently handled in the graphic novel, The Rise and Fall of Hollywood’s Dracula. We see something of his young life, how his father hated his decision to become an actor, his work before and after Dracula, and how he never got the recognition he truly deserved. His private life became a thing for tabloids to play up.

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Reprinting H.P. Lovecraft’s Best as a Graphic Novel & Caliber Comics

12 Sep

HP LOVECRAFT DAGON TPBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Caliber Comics is reprinting their line of H.P. Lovecraft graphic novels and this run is nearly complete. Their previous collected volumes are still available to purchase, albeit in short supply, but when readers are only after specific adaptations, the following individual releases can be found on Amazon USA: The Lurking Fear, The Tomb, The Alchemist, Beyond The Wall of Sleep, Music of Erich Zann, Dagon, Arthur Jermyn and The Picture In The House.

The Statement of Randolph Carter is the last to not yet receive a new print run. Diamond Comics Distributors don’t keep enough stock so anyone ordering via their local comic store is out of luck. I tried. When I’m comparing editions, it seems Dagon is one volume that has two displaced pages, or should that be reorganized? 

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Malika Warrior Queen Slashes Her Way into Bookstores Today!

8 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available Now

Volume One available to purchase on Amazon USA and Volume two (Dec 22, 2021) available to pre-order.

Malika Warrior Queen has a Dark Horse behind it to help captivate a new generation of readers about African history and mythology. This work really can’t be read in one night, but in what I could finish, I was amazed and educated at the same time. While the main protagonist is a Xena-like character, if I had to make comparisons, the real inspiration is with Queen Anima of Zazzau, a real warrior queen who lived in the 15th century.

Not everyone will know YouNeek Studio‘s teaser trailer to bring her story into the animated front. It has the feel of Black Panther’s world being further expanded upon. After all, Africa is vast, with many tribal nations covering the jungle and desert expanse. The wars they have amongst one another and within the family say it all. I can only imagine Frank Miller did a lot of research into the outlying regions to get a feel of how terrifying, dramatic, mystic and warlike this world was before deciding that a tale of the Persian Empire is easier. Writer Roye Okupe crafted a tale that’s nicely broken up into units, and I’m not finished with this saga to say how it all cumulates. The fact this this reprint is also venturing off into the future suggests fantastic things when considering the fate of this new ruler.  Continue reading

When Worlds Collide: Groo Meets Tarzan #2

2 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available Now

Spoiler Alert

I’m fairly sure Sergio Aragonés‘ latest comic book should be renamed I Dream of Groo and Tarzan after reading issue #2. His teammates Mark Evanier and Thomas Yeates are also in for the ride in this wonderful satire on comic conventions which frames the secondary narrative, and puts the creator in the jungle, the mighty jungle where a certain lion is sleeping. But in the village, the peaceful village, two heroes from different worlds are being set up to encounter one another. By the second issue, the equal amounts of humour and adventure that’s spread across three tales makes picking up this series a must!

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The Masters of the Universe Shift. Skeletor’s Revelation

13 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Now Available

Spoiler Alert

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe have been retconned many times over the decades as new animated series debut on television. One character I’ve always wanted to know the backstory to is Skeletor. In comic book land, I remember the tale offered by DC comics was quite the Shakespearean style take which sees him as a brother to King Randor–a concept taken from the comics released after the Filmation series.

With the release of #2 of MotU: Revelation, the recon changes the backstory back to its original incarnation.

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